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Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey Paperback – January 31, 2013
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“Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper are wise guides for the journey. In Faithmapping they set out a pattern for personal discipleship and the life of the faithful Christian in the local church. I welcome this book.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“These days, it seems like ‘gospel-centered’ books are a dime a dozen. Yet, Faithmapping isn’t anything if it’s not unique. The missional focus of this contribution to the gospel-centered movement is a breath of fresh air. Well done.”
—Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Faithmapping is excellent. When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it, and when I was reading it, I didn’t want to put it down. It is theologically profound and yet very easy to read.”
—Jessica Thompson, author, Everyday Grace; coauthor, Give Them Grace
“Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper are human torches, afire with the gospel and igniting the dry kindling all around them. This book, full of gospel beauty and Bible wisdom, can light up the path in front of you, as you walk the path God is stretching out before your feet. Read it, and feel the fire.”
—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; author, Onward
About the Author
Daniel Montgomery (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church and founder of Sojourn Network.
Mike Cosper is the director of the Harbor Institute for Faith and Culture, where he works to create resources for Christians living in a post-Christian world. Prior to that, he was a founding pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served for sixteen years as the pastor of worship and arts.
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This life is centered in the gospel of Jesus. In the midst of Christian fads and pendulum swings, they present one gospel that can be viewed through three interconnected aspects. The Gospel of the Kingdom: life with God as it was intended to be, under God's rule and reign, has come. The Gospel of the Cross: through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have been made right with God. And the Gospel of Grace: God accepts us and shares his life freely with us at Christ's expense. Each aspect is shown to be integrally related to the others and is vividly illustrated. This gospel brings us into God's one Church, in which we live out five identities: we are worshipers, family, servants, disciples, and witnesses. The context for living these out is the world: our location (homes and neighborhoods), vocation, recreation, restoration (meeting needs), and multiplication.
I can say with certainty that the content of "Faithmapping" (as I've been exposed to it through the ministries of Sojourn over the past 2 years) has helped me make connections in my thinking that have changed the way I live and brought clarity to the way I communicate the gospel. It alleviates the tension often felt between how the gospel changes life here and now, how we enter that life, and what we look forward to in hope. It's given me a grid for thinking through what I read. It's grounded ministry opportunities by forcing me to think through how various aspects of the gospel and our identity are communicated through my everyday conversations, small group discussions, and service opportunities. Most importantly, it's contributed to broadening the way I try to remind myself of the gospel when I find myself drifting.
In terms of potential weaknesses of the book, Part 3 (Whole World) cries out for a fuller treatment. The nature of the book is that each part can be "zoomed in" on, just like you could look at a Google map of the US, zoom in on Kentucky, and then Louisville. Volumes have been written on the subjects of the various chapters, and a helpful list for further reading has been provided. But Part 3 seemed especially short and somewhat hurried, and no further reading list is provided for this section, giving it a somewhat "tacked on" feel. It's rich stuff - but really needs more space.
I'm thankful for Montgomery and Cosper, and for the way God has gifted them in holding together His truth and presenting it with clarity and imagination. Get your hands on a copy no matter where you're at on your spiritual journey, and have a highlighter ready. You'll be wanting to talk about this one together with others on the path.
(Note to the editor/publisher: another minor weakness of the book as it stands is multiple typographical errors that were a bit distracting [misspelled words, phrases repeated, etc.. would love to see these corrected in the next printing.]
The churches identity and mission flow out the gospel. "...the gospel, the church, and our mission are a coherent, organic, interrelated whole, rather than distinct independent ideas". That is why the authorial intention of this book is to map a "whole gospel for the whole church on mission in the whole world".
The book is structured around these themes. First, the whole gospel is outlined. One chapter is given to each of the perspectives (kingdom, cross, grace) and then and argument is made that we need the whole gospel. The gospel informs the churches identity. The second section outlines these five aspects of "gospel-informed identity". These five might sound familiar: worship, family, servants, disciples, and witnesses. The last section, only one chapter, makes the argument that it is within the whole world that the church lives out their "gospel-transformed lives".
The book is well written. Jessica Thompson is correct when she says "it is theologically profound and yet very easy to read". Though it may feel a little like being entered into the middle of a theological discussion, I do believe that the average lay person would have no problem navigating their way through this book. In the same vein a well seasoned theologian would not be bored.
With all of the focus these days on gospel-centered books I believe this book is a welcome addition. I appreciate that Cosmer and Montgomery tie together friends that are often treated as enemies; namely the gospel as kingdom and the gospel of the cross. I also believe every disciple would greatly benefit from a thorough exploration of the second section of this book. The Map It section at the end of each chapter would make this book pretty easily adaptable for a small group gathering.
Personally, I found myself convicted, challenged, and confessing as I read through this book. It helped me as a pastor to articulate points better. But even more than that it helped me as a disciple to be a more holistic follower of Christ.
I would recommend this book to anyone
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